Farmers hoping for end of big dry

Federated Farmers Wairarapa provincial president Jamie Falloon.

Farmers have been caught out by the speed with which the severe dry conditions have arrived, says one Wairarapa farmer.

'Big dry' eats up feed

It's dry in South Canterbury but not officially a drought.

The "big dry" in South Canterbury has farmers feeding out earlier than normal.

Low milk price begins to pinch

BE CAREFUL: Local authorities are warning against drinking raw milk following the death of a toddler in Australia.

OPINION: The impact of the unexpectedly low milk price of $4.70/kg milk solids has hit like a tonne of bricks.

Orchard fined $40,000

Apple orchard

Matipo Orchards has been fined for potentially undermining New Zealand's apple industry.

Fuel cuts not passed on

Petrol pump

Large rural freight firms have already passed on lower fuel prices in their charges to farmers, but small players in the sector have not.

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Low milk price begins to pinch

BE CAREFUL: Local authorities are warning against drinking raw milk following the death of a toddler in Australia.

OPINION: The impact of the unexpectedly low milk price of $4.70/kg milk solids has hit like a tonne of bricks.

Stop putting boot into farmers over drought

OPINION: Assumptions about drought do not always ring true.

Alpine water would counter dry spell

Why doing things is bad

dairy

Fonterra cuts milk volume forecast

Milk

Farmers may find a silver lining if the reduced supply helps dairy prices recover.

Recidivist dirty farmer fined $66k

A recidivist polluter has been handed the biggest fine for dirty dairying in Taranaki history.

The first of the cows is prepared for the NZ Dairy Event at Manfield Stadium, Feilding.

Cows prepped for premier event

Cows were primped for showing and sales at the opening day of the NZ Dairy Event.

beef

Cows prepped for premier event

The first of the cows is prepared for the NZ Dairy Event at Manfield Stadium, Feilding.

Cows were primped for showing and sales at the opening day of the NZ Dairy Event.

Meat plants face stock surge

Meat processing plants are in over-drive as farms offload lambs and other livestock in dry conditions.

INJURED: Hawke’s Bay farmer Gary Quinn is in hospital after a cow kicked him and fractured both his legs.

'Spooked' cow breaks farmer's legs

Farmer takes little pleasure in knowing the 600kg beast that kicked him will soon be on a plate.

Sheep

Little flexibility in 'soft' lamb market

DRYING UP: The appetite of farmers to buy store lambs and put more weight on them for the prime market appears to be drying up as rain clouds skirt past parched Canterbury farmland.

Back-country lambs coming off the Canterbury hills are striking a softer market as grazing material for finishing them runs into short supply from the dry spell.

Shearer pulls pin on record video

Stacey Te Huia abandons his attempt to break shearing world record.

GROWING PROBLEM: Hundreds of sheep and lambs have gone missing from a remote Stratford farm.

Lamb prices weaker as dry weather bites

Lamb prices are sinking close to $5 a kg for farmers because of higher-than-normal slaughter rates.

cropping

Orchard fined $40,000

Apple orchard

Matipo Orchards has been fined for potentially undermining New Zealand's apple industry.

More optimism over seed crop yields

Meyrick Hawkins is chuffed by the yields coming off the first feed wheat and grass seed crops of the harvest, even if the clover seed crop was a bit off the mark.

Seresin Estate manager Colin Ross, left, will continue to irrigate estate vineyards
through the Southern Valley Irrigation Scheme until it gets shut off later this
week, then he will switch to storage water.

Water cuts could hit vineyards

Some grapegrowers could struggle to ripen their fruit if the Southern Valleys Irrigation Scheme is shut off on Thursday.

agribusiness

Dairy exports continue to dive

ANL Benalla container ship leaving Nelson, NZ export

Strong meat and log sales helped offset an ongoing dive in dairy exports as global prices slumped last year.

Science students learn on the job

While many people are taking trips to the beach, a trio of young people have spent their summer learning more about science.

It's dry in South Canterbury but not officially a drought.

'Big dry' eats up feed

The "big dry" in South Canterbury has farmers feeding out earlier than normal, raising concerns of feed shortages in winter.

Discovery

Mutual gains from project

Merino rams are inspected at Purple Mud Springs Stud near Shihezi, by Professors Runlin Ma (Chinese Academy of Sciences), Paul Kenyon, Hugh Blair, Steve Morris and Guoqing Shi (Xinjiang Academy of Agriculture and Reclamation Sciences).

New Zealand sheep research is being helped by Massey University's relationships in China.

Hard work targets emissions

Gases generated per unit of meat or milk produced on NZ farms has declined on average by about 1 per cent since at least 1990.

AgResearch rumen scientist Dr Sandra Kittelmann.

Rummaging in rumens

What's really in a rumen? It's probably something that most people haven't given much thought to.

rural women

Set for tough contest

Olivia Ross will be giving it her best shot when she competes in the Otago-Southland regional final of the Young Farmer Contest.

Rural women's champion honoured

A journalist who gave rural women a voice has been honoured for her services.

PINK BALES: Georgie Barnett (from Langsford Contractors) and farmer Jude Graham sit atop some of the bales.

Pink bales highlight breast cancer

Around the country, pink bundles have been appearing on paddocks.

Video

Auckland Airport upgrades rescue fleet

Auckland Airport has bought a second hovercraft and two new boats as part of a $5 million improvement.

advice

Dry weather boosts black beetle danger

PESTt: High populations of black beetles are starting to be seen on Waikato pastures.

Cold late spring weather stops black beetle populations but numbers could be on the increase as the dry sets in.

Farm succession needs to be addressed head-on

Business planning expert says creating a family company, not a trust, is the way to ensure a successful farm ownership succession.

Meyrick Hawkins and 7-year-old son Billy are windrowing a paddock of bok choy for seed in the Ladbrooks area of Canterbury.

More optimism over seed crop yields

Meyrick Hawkins is chuffed by the yields coming off the first feed wheat and grass seed crops of the harvest, even if the clover seed crop was a bit off the mark.

aquaculture

Chilean firm wins King Salmon deal

New Zealand King Salmon CEO Grant Rosewarne, right, said they had decided to go with a proven manufacturer when awarding a multimillion-dollar contract to a Chilean company.

Overseas company given multimillion-dollar contract for three new salmon farms.

Voyage from frozen to fresh

It sounds counter-intuitive but New Zealand's biggest seafood company is realising that adding value to fish is simple.

AMBITIOUS: Sanford chief executive Volker Kuntzsch, who came to New Zealand just over a year ago, wants Sanford to become the best seafood company in the world.

Applying science to seafood

People always ask Volker Kuntzsch how he ended up becoming the chief of a listed company when he is "just a scientist".

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